Lotherton Hall Things To Do

Lotherton Hall is a pleasant day out with quite a few things to do. We have visited a few times over the years including a couple of times over Christmas. It is located near Leeds in West Yorkshire and there is a hall you can look around, outdoor walks, play areas and a small wildlife park.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do Review

Depending on where you are parked the hall is often the first place you will come across. Near the hall, there is a courtyard where you will find the sites main toilets and there is also a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.

There has been a house on the site since at least 1775. What stands today isn’t especially pretty from the front or the rear so what is inside is quite a surprise. There are many rooms to see that have been decorated how they would have looked when the hall was inhabited.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do

The hall is also backed by some nice gardens that look especially pretty from spring until summer.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do

There are rooms you can look in on different floors of the house. There are lots to spot and many of the rooms have things to read. You can also look around the restored servants’ rooms and see how the staff used to live and help run the house. The hall is usually open from March until October.

They also have trails you can pick up for kids to help make their visits more interactive. Upstairs there is an interactive space with an interactive screen themed around the families travels around the world. There is also a dressing up area.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do

Next to the front entrance to the hall, there is a Medieval Chapel. This was originally built in the 1100s and it is a real surprise. It was restored during the First World War by soldiers when Lotherton was being used as a military hospital.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do

Our favourite part to visit is always the small wildlife area. The flamingos, wild boar and penguins did have the most recently built enclosures. However, on our last visit, we noticed that many of the aviaries have been rebuilt and the wildlife park is even better than it was before. It’s only small but we can spend ages wandering and looking at their birds.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do

Our favourite area is always the penguins. They have a few glass windows that you can look through and see them swimming. One penguin will usually show interest in the people watching them and show off next to the window. We’ve had some lovely experiences with them by the glass.

Lotherton Hall Things To Do
Lotherton Hall Things To Do

They have recently added an indoor walkthrough with bats that you can see (behind glass). There is also a large aviary you can walk through although this wasn’t open on our last visit due to avian flu. There are quite a few aviaries dotted around with lots of different birds to see.

There are a couple of playgrounds at Lotherton. They are usually quite busy so I still haven’t managed to take any photos. There is a more enclosed area for children up to the age of 8 with a zip wire, swings, roundabouts and more. There is also a Woodland Play Area for older children with swings and a twin zip wire. They also have red deer you can spot although we’ve never seen them (we may be looking in the wrong place and really need to investigate more on our next visit).

There is also the opportunity to do some walking at Lotherton. There is a short walk through the woodland that is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Or you can take a walk on their Boundary trail with some panoramic views. This is suitable for pushchairs and electric wheelchairs only in the summer. There is also the Coburnhill Wood walk which is a Ranger’s Walk on an ancient green track.

Lotherton Hall FAQ & Further Information

Address: Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB, West Yorkshire. Phone: 0113 378 2959

Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

Adult £9, child age 5-18 £4.55, under 5s are free. Family tickets and other pricing options are available.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Historic house you can look around, medieval chapel, gardens, play areas, wildlife area and walks. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

They are open almost all year round. Some of the facilities are seasonal and will have varied opening times such as the house. Please see their website for up-to-date information.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

Are they dog friendly?

You’re welcome to take your dog anywhere outdoors at Lotherton except Wildlife World and the playground. Assistance dogs are welcome in most areas.

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